Couchbase announced a broad range of enhancements to its Database-as-a-Service Couchbase Capella™.
Industry experts offer thoughtful, insightful, and often controversial predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2022. Part 5 covers microservices and containers.
Start with: 2023 DevOps Predictions - Part 1
Start with: 2023 DevOps Predictions - Part 2
Start with: 2023 DevOps Predictions - Part 3
Start with: 2023 DevOps Predictions - Part 4
MORE MICROSERVICES ADOPTION IN 2023
As the DevOps ecosystem moves towards improved agility, continuous delivery, and scalability, there will be a bigger push to contain and manage services independently. In 2023, we'll see more organizations adopt microservices architecture over traditional monolithic architecture. A microservices architecture structures applications as collections of services that developers can build, deploy and maintain independently. This approach improves scalability and fault isolation by containing tasks without disrupting entire applications and negatively impacting the user experience.
"HUB AND SPOKE" APPROACH
There's no question that the microservice approach is superior in most ways to legacy monolithic architectures. However, there are a number of downsides to a vast matrix of microservices. Overall complexity leads to a data ecosystem that is difficult to understand and maintain, requires many costly licenses, and forces a steep learning curve for user training and onboarding. These microservices don't perfectly bookend to each other, leaving gaps in capabilities that need to be filled with custom code and logic — and data is siloed across disparate platforms, with tenuous integrations. Moving forward, organizations will work toward a more balanced "hub and spoke" approach (e.g. they will turn to solutions that lay a complete and solid data foundation that covers business needs — the "hub" — while still integrating with microservices to allow specialization, as needed). This more balanced solution will avoid the overrotation to microservice complexity.
Co-Founder and CEO, Directus
Kubernetes has been described as an operating system for containers. As workload management continues to expand to serverless and virtual machines, and the operations ecosystem (e.g., security and observability) matures and hardens, we will see Kubernetes more abstracted from users. No developer working on building an application really needs (or probably wants) to understand and manage Kubernetes. What they really want is the benefits of Kubernetes when managing their applications in production. In the same way, no developer wants to manage Linux or even the servers on which it runs, so cloud computing gave us compute as a service. Kubernetes is one layer above that compute, and a natural fit for an "as a service" offering; in 2023 we'll see that take off.
Co-Founder and CEO, Section
KUBERNETES FOCUSED ON THE EDGE
In 2023 Kubernetes will remain a driving force for scaling containerized applications across the enterprise, but it will be focused on one frontier in particular: the edge. A 2022 survey conducted by Dimensional Research found that 35% of production Kubernetes users are already running Kubernetes at the edge, and many more plan to do so in the next 12 months. The use cases are incredibly varied and many of them have the potential to drive revenue and competitive differentiation for the companies that get them right. But the challenges are equally immense. 72% said it's currently too challenging to deploy and manage Kubernetes on edge devices, with security at the forefront. Solving these challenges is our collective mission in 2023 to help edge reach its potential!
CEO and Founder, Spectro Cloud
MANAGING KUBERNETES CLUSTERS AT SCALE
Manage Kubernetes clusters as cattle — A key trend for 2023 and beyond is to create lots of clusters and use tooling to manage 100s to 1000s of clusters at scale. The intention is to transition away from managing "clusters as pets" (a few large clusters hosting all applications) and using K8s as a true cluster operating system where the "cluster is the computer." Kubernetes at its core is also a cluster commoditization technology making it easy to create, run, and operate clusters at scale.
VP, Product Management, Cloud, NetApp
FULL STACK OBSERVABILITY
Containers and microservices are becoming the standard not only in application development, but also in operational software. Organizations need to run apps anywhere: In local high performance edge environments, in the cloud or in traditional on-premises data centers. That makes it more difficult to understand the interaction of applications and infrastructure. Thus, I expect that more organizations aim to reach full-stack observability and gain detailed insights into their applications, but also their IT infrastructure assets.
Director Product Management for Checkmk, tribe29
KUBERNETES COST VISIBILITY
More organizations are adopting Kubernetes to modernize their IT environments. And while containers provide IT leaders speed and portability, we're starting to see growing cloud and Kubernetes-based budget items based on some of the complexities in managing across hybrid environments. Our data shows that 70% of IT teams implementing Kubernetes report increasing their cloud spending. Given that cloud and Kubernetes clusters are often shared by multiple teams working on various applications, it's becoming difficult to tag resources. And if multiple teams are working on various applications in different stages of development, it becomes nearly impossible to understand the breakdown of resources being used. Therefore, cost visibility of containers and microservices is something IT teams will increasingly focus on in the New Year.
KUBERNETES OFFERS CLOUD COST SAVINGS
Dev and DevOps teams will find it even more imperative to rein in inefficient cloud spending in 2023 — and Kubernetes offers one of the ripest opportunities for cloud cost savings. Poor Kubernetes cost visibility across many (if not most) organizations has led to widespread overprovisioning and waste. Blank checks for cloud spend is no longer the reality, and teams will likely be implementing showbacks and/or chargebacks to mandate Kubernetes-related cloud spending more responsibly.
Containerization has empowered users to deploy the software they need to do their jobs, without requiring the time and talent of infrastructure engineers. A new wave of containerization is on the rise, curtailing the need for highly skilled (and expensive) developers to create custom builds. Rather than ask infrastructure engineers and system administrators to become experts in builds and deployment of their code (often open-source) to different architecture and hardware targets, we will see tools that simplify containerization of that code that is secure, trusted, portable, and reproducible at massive scale, unleashing a new era of productivity, integration, and supply chain security across the ecosystem.
CEO and Founder, CIQ
KUBERNETES FACES 3 ROADBLOCKS
The growing Kubernetes market will come up against three vectors in 2023: people, technology and processes. The Kubernetes skills gap will be an ongoing concern. However, many initiatives including learning platforms, templated "getting started" packs, etc. are being introduced across the industry to narrow this gap. KubeCon 2022 demonstrated that Kubernetes is still on its way up, as 64% of the attendees were first-timers, signaling a growing ecosystem and greater interest.
On the technological side, learning and operating new software and tools will be a challenge. Companies seeking to avoid this must acknowledge the importance of pushing for simplicity in operations and adding autonomous operations. Using the right cloud-native tools will help organizations get past the challenges they faced prior. You also want to make sure the tools you invest in are from vendors you can trust.
On the processes side, companies will struggle to determine a clear approach to their Kubernetes adoption and deployment. DevSecOps and operationalizing best practices to empower the platform and cloud ops team are important in eliminating these roadblocks. Although these are still rather new to organizations, there is an effective and growing cloud-native community that will provide a way forward.
VP of Product and Partnerships, Kasten by Veeam
KUBERNETES COMPLEXITY STILL AN ISSUE
Kubernetes' complexity will continue to be an issue. It's one of those technologies that everyone uses because they have to but nobody likes — sort of like Maven during the heyday of Java. (Or Maven still.) There have been a number of attempts to build something like Kubernetes, but simpler, including K3S, MDSO, and others. None of them seems to be gaining significant traction. In 2023, people will keep trying; someone may succeed.
VP of Emerging Tech Content, O'Reilly Media
Go to: 2023 DevOps Predictions - Part 6, covering APIs.
Remote.It release of Docker Network Jumpbox to enable zero trust container access for Remote.It users.
Platformatic launched a suite of new enterprise-grade products that can be self-hosted on-prem, in a private cloud, or on Platformatic’s managed cloud service:
Parasoft announced the release of C/C++test 2023.1 with complete support of MISRA C 2023 and MISRA C 2012 with Amendment 4.
Rezilion announced the release of its new Smart Fix feature in the Rezilion platform, which offers critical guidance so users can understand the most strategic, not just the most recent, upgrade to fix vulnerable components.
Zesty has partnered with skyPurple Cloud, the public cloud operations specialists for enterprises.
With Zesty, skyPurple Cloud's customers have already reduced their average monthly EC2 Linux On-Demand costs by 44% on AWS.
Red Hat announced Red Hat Trusted Software Supply Chain, a solution that enhances resilience to software supply chain vulnerabilities.
Mirantis announced Lens Control Center, to enable large businesses to centrally manage Lens Pro deployments by standardizing configurations, consolidating billing, and enabling control over outbound network connections for greater security.
Red Hat announced new capabilities for Red Hat OpenShift AI.
Pipedrive announced the launch of Developer Hub, a centralized online app development platform for technology partners and developers.
Delinea announced the latest version of Cloud Suite, part of its Server PAM solution, which provides privileged access to and authorization for servers.
Red Hat announced Red Hat Service Interconnect, simplifying application connectivity and security across platforms, clusters and clouds.
Teleport announced Teleport 13, the latest version of its Teleport Access Platform to enhance security and reduce operational overhead for DevOps teams responsible for securing cloud infrastructure.
Kasten by Veeam announced the release of its new Kasten K10 V6.0 Kubernetes data protection platform.
Red Hat announced Red Hat Developer Hub, an enterprise-grade, unified and open portal designed to streamline the development process through a supported and opinionated framework.